For every football and sports fan the Wembley Stadium is among the most famous stadiums in the world. I had the pleasure to attend a concert of U2 in the sold out stadium in 1997. Unfortunately, the old Wembley Stadium which was completed on 23 April 1923 was demolished at the beginning of 2003.
In December 2004 I took the chance to have a look at the New Wembley construction site. It is dominated by a 133 metre tall arch which supports the roof structure. The New Wembley Stadium should be inaugurated in early 2007.
It is proven by historical records that football in England has been played in organised form since 1863, when The Football Association of England was founded.
The home of English football since 1923, is the famous Wembley Stadium.
The original Wembley Stadium with a capacity of 123,000, also known as The Empire Stadium was built for the British Empire Exhibition. The first event was the White horse cup final of 1923 played by Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United, and 250 thousand (!!!) supporters tried to enter the facility. Bolton won the match 2-0.
Many believe that the most important match in the history of the Stadium was on 25 November 1953, when England played against Hungary.
They were the first non-British team to beat England on English soil, beating them 6-3 at Wembley. They had given an unforgettable display and England's proud record vanished in the twilight.
After demolishing the old one in 2003 the new Wembley Stadium was officially opened by Prince William in 2007 on the occasion of the 2007 FA Cup Final when Chelsea, the last winners at the old Stadium, beat Manchester United 1-0.
The new Stadium has an all-seated capacity of 90,000 protected from the weather by sliding roofs.
In fact visiting London is made extra special when you go and witness one of the events of the stadium.
Wembley is synonymous with one thing in the eyes of the world, and that is football. OK the famous stadium, now totally rebuilt, hosts many other events, both sporting and musical, but it is for football that it is most famous. We have visited the “old” Wembley Stadium twice, both times to see Newcastle play Manchester United – once in the Charity Shield, once in the FA Cup. Both games were embarrassing defeats for the Toon, so forgive me if I don’t dwell on them too much here!
But we recently went on a tour of the new Wembley Stadium. We went because visiting friends were interested to see it, but we found that we too thoroughly enjoyed the tour. And after all, it’s highly unlikely that Newcastle will be playing there again in the near future, so how else were we going to see it?!
We booked our tickets in advance online, although you can also simply turn up and hope to get on the next available tour. It didn’t seem too busy on the weekday afternoon when we were there, despite being the school summer holidays, but even so people were having to wait for a tour, so booking in advance would be best if you know your plans.
Tours cost £15 for adults, £8 for children under 16 and seniors (over 60) and £38 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Under fives get in for free. The tour gives you a great look at the stadium, naturally, and also covers:
~ Press Room
~ Changing Rooms
~ Players’ Tunnel
~ Royal Box
You hear lots of facts and history about the stadium, and get plenty of time to take photos in each place. You also get to pose with a replica of the FA Cup and can buy a copy of the photo for £10 (plus £5 for each additional shot) – I usually reckon these “photo opportunities” a bit of a rip-off but I actually thought that was quite reasonable and we bought a couple as a souvenir of our visit and of our friends’ trip to London - see photo 5.
Our guide was excellent. OK he thought himself a bit of a comedian, but a lot of the patter was amusing, and he made an especial effort to make it fun for the children in the group. They all got a turn at being “captains” etc. Our friend Michael was chosen to sit in the manager’s seat in the Press Room, others got to lead us out on to the pitch or on the climb to the Royal Box. All in all it was an excellent afternoon and good value for money.
Wembley Stadium is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. It is the home of English football. England international games, FA Cup Finals, Carling Cup Finals, Football League Play Off Finals and Rugby League Challenge Cup Finals are all staged here.
The original Wembley Stadium opened in 1923, with a capacity of 100,000. It was replaced by a completely new 90,000 all-seater stadium, in the same location, in 2007. The landmark arch over the stadium, with a span of 315 metres, is the longest single span roof structure in the world. I have been to games at both the old and new stadiums and would say that the seating is more comfortable and views are generally better at the new Wembley, although if you are sitting near the back, I would still recommend taking a pair of binoculars with you.
If you want to buy tickets for England games, you should visit the FA.com website (see Other Contact below). Ticket prices for international games usually range from £30 to £60.
When I was a child my father took me and my brother to watch a football match at Wembly Stadium. Then a few years ago it was demolished and a new modern stadium was built. I watched its progress every time I came to London, and now I have seen it close to. I am still not sure what the purpose of the metallic arch is , but it is certainly impressive.
Let's hope the sport lives up to its surroundings.
It is located in the London Borough of Brent and owned by The Football Association (FA). Home games of the England national football team, and the main English league and cup finals are played here. It is also used for pop concerts and other sporting events.
It has 90,000 seats .
The all-new Wembley hosted its first match in March 2007 - and I was lucky enough to go. It's up there with the finest stadiums in Europe; with 90,000 seats and more toilets than any other building in the whole world. Impressive!
You can't always guarantee a good game of football (especially if you're watching England) but it's well worth trying to get tickets for a game. If football's not your thing, Wembley plays host to American Football and Rugby League too.
News that the new Wembley stadium will be open to host the 2007 FA Cup was greeted with a little sceptism and plenty of sarcastic comment in our household. After months of arguing about who was responsible for the screwing in of lightbulbs (or something) the builders and the football association have decided to shake hands and try and find somebody else to blame...
Our national stadium has been the source of much sorrow for years, admittedly as a Manchester City fan we don't get there very often. The old Wembley was much maligned, grotty, difficult transport links, awful pies! Ok I made up the pie bit but pies are an essential part of the whole football watching process!
The new one looks great, the transport links are improving and I can't wait to go check it out. Unfortunately it will probably be as part of the crowd at a gig rather than a football match but I can live in hope :o)
The showpiece stadium for England's football team and many other events was a long time in the coming and finally I've managed to get myself there to see if was worth the great expense.
Tickets for the NFL game between ths Saints and Chargers for us, public transport to the stadium is still as crowded as ever and not much has changed on the approach either.
Once inside it's pretty good, escalators up to the higher levels and good uninterupted views all around.
The game a 37-32 victory for the Saints, a little too attacking for my liking - did the defences not bother to travel?
Stadium tours are available on non event days, see website.
OK, so this isn't strictly a sports activity - it's a pre-sports activity!!
Just giving you the heads-up on a place to grab a drink and soak up the atmosphere before a football match.
Wembley Way is the area outside Wembley Stadium where alcoholic drinks are sold aswell as fast food.
It's all standing and there are no toilets (use the ones on the outside of the stadium). The atmosphere is electric and all you are surrounded by are the fans like you.
Get talking to other fans, share stories and laugh!
Also, if you stand at the top of Wembley Way, you can literally see the two sets of fan walking up to the stadium. In my case, there was a stream of red next to a stream of blue - it looked great!
I've been to this new Wembley Stadium twice last year (2011) - oh course to watch my team play for the FA Cup and for the Charity Shield.
We won 1 (the FA Cup) and lost the other (the Charity Shield)!
Wembley Stadium holds 90,000 fans and the feeling being surrounded by this amount of people is awesome. Especially when you're one of 26,000 Manchester City supporters and you've beat your arch rivals Manchester United to move on and play Stoke City in the FA Cup final!! Excellent!
The facilities are good. There are plenty of kiosks that sell food and drink, places to put a bet on and toilets that are kept in good condition throughout the match.
The stewards I came across were all very friendly and helpful. We had some good banter with some of them. Everybody was searched on the way in (as is expected at all football matches where you are playing away from home).
(A little history) I had been to the old Wembley when I was younger with my Dad (Chelsea vs Arsenal) and the Stadium was known by its two towers at the entrance. A lot of people didn't want the iconic towers to go, but they were demolished in 2003 with the rest of the stadium.
Equipment: A ticket
This is the English National Football Stadium. I have to say that I had high hopes for this as a venue to visit. Sadly it was disappointing, quite expensive although the booking and entry systejms are very slick and professional. I will now make a very sweeping statement, but in the case of this particular stadium very true - if you have seen one football stadium and changing room you hgave seen them all.
The tour lasted some 2 hours, and was not that informative - lots of anecdotes about England, the English national team and FA Cup finals of years past. The name of at least one poor manager from recent years was used frequenetly to note how bad the team had become in recent times, but was now getting better.
Equipment: They have both a cafe and a shop at the stdium when there are no matches taking place. The facilities include many food outlets during match days. Please note - a very weak and tasteless coffee was £1.70 - very expensive for coloured hot water.
798 million pounds well spent. Although that is a lot of money for any building project, the finished product is simply amazing. I went to watch Arsenal play a couple of times in the Champions League here in the late-90s and the stadium at the time was decrepid. There were pilars obscuring the view of pitch half the time and the transport links were terrible.
Although the transport is still not ideal it is a lot better since they have upgraded the Wembley underground station, and the view that you get when you exit the station is phenomenal - even if you are not a sports fan.
I have been to Wembley twice now - once for an NFL game and another time to watch Leeds lose another playoff final :( Make sure that you bring a camera with you to record the day and make sure you eat beforehand. The food in the stadium looked really bad and VERY expensive.
As for transport the tube is your best bet. If you are coming from the north I always park in residential streets around Stanmore station (J4 off the M1) and take the tube (10min journey to Wembley Station)
The famous Wembley stadium currently lies in a sorry state awaiting redevelopment.
Down the years it has witnessed FA Cup Finals and England's World Cup Triumph in 1966. It was often used as a concert venue for top music acts.
Athletics meetings often take place down the road at Crystal Palace.
This is a future tip so you are going to have to wait until 2006. Wembley stadium was one of the most famous sporting venues in the world. Originally built in 1923 as the Empire stadium, it has been the home of English football for generations.
A couple of years ago, the old stadium was demolished a new one was promised. Naturally, bureacratic morons got involved so the price rose and opening date was delayed.
Finally, we now have an opening date of 2006 and once again, England will have one of the finest sporting venues in the world. The website contains webcams, pictures and other information on the progress of the construction.
The picture I took from a plane shows the giant arch (133m tall) in place.
With 90,000 seats the stadium has the second largest capacity in Europe (after the Camp Nou, Barcelona), and the largest in the world with every seat under cove.
This capacity is separated into 3 tiers of seating, with the lower tier holding 34,303 spectators, the middle one 16,532 and the upper one 39,165
The stadium is also the most expensive stadium ever built.
I was there to watch a friendly match England vs Germany on 22. August, 2007 and the atmosphere was amazing, even though Germany won 1:2 :-)